Crane leads FESJC after partial first round

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Memphis, TN-Due to inclement weather, the first round was suspended at 1:15 p.m. CT until 4:45 p.m.CT, a span of three and a half hours. Due to darkness, play was suspended for the day at 8:12 p.m.  60 players will be back in position at 7 a.m. Friday morning to complete their first round. The second round will begin at approximately 7:40 a.m. on Friday.


Partial First-Round Leaderboard

Ben Crane                     63 (-7)

Peter Malnati                 65 (-5)

Billy Horschel                5-under thru 16

Retief Goosen      66 (-4)

Phil Mickelson     67  (-3)


Weather Notes

The last time the FedEx St. Jude Classic experienced a weather delay was in 2010, when the first round was suspended for the day at 6:18 p.m., due to lightning in the area.


This is the 16th PGA TOUR event of the season to experience a delay and/or suspension due to weather and/or darkness. The last event to be impacted by inclement weather was the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial two weeks ago.


Due to the anticipation of inclement weather, preferred lies in closely-mown areas were put into effect for round one.


Ben Crane

Ben Crane shot a bogey-free round on the way to a 7-under 63, his lowest round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Prior to today, Crane’s lowest round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic was a 64 (R3 – 2003).


His opening-round 63 also marked Crane’s low round of the season, previously a 64 Crane’s opening-round 63 was just two shots off the tournament record, 61, held by Bob Estes (2001).


Crane is making his ninth start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. His best finish at TPC Southwind was T6 in 2003.


Crane is seeking his first victory since The McGladrey Classic in 2011. His best finish this season is a T9 at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.


Round in review: 9 of 14 fairways hit (64.3%), 12 of 18 greens hit (66.7%).